AES Distributed Energy commissions solar facility in Georgia, US

US-based AES subsidiary, AES Distributed Energy (AES DE) has commissioned its largest photovoltaic (PV) solar project in Rincon, Georgia.

The Rincon solar array is a 16MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project that is interconnected to Georgia Power Company’s transmission grid.

AES DE president Woody Rubin said: “We are pleased to commission a utility-scale solar project that meets the technical standards of Southern Company transmission while providing clean energy to Georgia Power and local economic development for the region.”

The solar power project is expected to generate an average of 32,000MW hours of renewable energy every year, thereby supplying electricity to around 2,800 households in Georgia.

The 287 acre solar array is located on the site of an old timber farm in Effingham County, Rincon.

AES DE partnered with the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority to promote local job creation and community investment.

Energy produced from the Rincon array is sold to Georgia Power under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) awarded through Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) programme.

Georgia Power renewable implementation manager Ervan Hancock said: “Georgia Power is pleased to see yet another solar farm in the state as part of our advanced solar initiative.

“Here in Georgia, through a constructive regulatory approach and strong working relationships with solar developers and community leaders, one of the fastest growing and most competitive solar markets in the nation is bringing more solar to customers, without putting upward pressure on rates.”

Engineering, procurement and construction services for the Rincon solar power project was provided by US-based company Gregory Electric.